Marguerite "Muggs" A. (Van Epps) Potts

MCFARLAND-Marguerite "Muggs" A. (Van Epps) Potts, age 76, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, reached the end of her journey here on earth at her home in McFarland surrounded by family.

She was born on July 11, 1937, and was the youngest child of Arthur "Art" and Martha (Waldhart) Van Epps. She graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1955. She continued her education and graduated from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology (NIMT) in Minneapolis, Minn. She married Kenneth "Ken" Potts on April 26, 1958, in Dodgeville. Together they had four children, Scott, Kris, Lisa, and Fredrick "Rick". Her love for music began at a young age while she participated in several bands and sang at school and church. Her passion for music continued throughout her life as she instilled the same love of music in her family. She always loved sharing her story of playing the tuba. She especially loved the season of Christmas and all the music that went with it.

Marguerite's brother, Hank, was her best friend growing up and until he passed away. Growing up, she was always his shadow. Upon graduation from NIMT, she worked for Associated Physicians. She had several jobs in the grocery industry while she and Ken began their family. As the family grew, they built their home in McFarland, where she and Ken began their own grocery business known as K&M Grocery. The entire family worked side by side at K&M for 17 years which also came to include a bait and tackle shop known as K&M Tackle Box. Muggs was very proud of her three sons who were Boy Scouts. Each earned the highest honor of Eagle Scout. In 1980, the grocery store closed at which time Marguerite started working for the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue. While working for the State of Wisconsin, she held many different positions all within the DOR. Her last position within the compliance bureau was her favorite and it is from that position she retired after 27 dedicated years. Muggs and Lisa started doing craft shows in 1987. In 1989, Ken and her friend and neighbor, Louise, joined the crafting activities. They participated at many craft shows throughout the Dane County area until 2001. It was from there that she became known as the Gingerbread Lady.

Muggs is survived by her husband, Ken; children, Scott, Kris, Lisa Kerr (Michael Deegan), and Rick. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Jessica (James) Copeland, Megan (Wes) Hardin, Kathryn "Katie", Kayla, Skylar, Noah, and Hailey Potts; as well as her great-grandchildren, Athena, Miya, and Lilith Copeland. She is also survived by her sister, Ione (Chuck) Williams; special cousin, Mary Ann "Mutz" Wells; many nieces and nephews; and close friends, Linda, Mary, Louise, Sue, and Deb. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Leila (Don) Williams, Dahlman "Ted" (Lois) Van Epps, Elwood "Butch", Marvin, and Eugene "Hank" (DeAnn) Van Epps.

Funeral services will be held at MCFARLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5529 Marsh Rd., McFarland, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, with the Rev. Timothy Dean presiding. Burial will be at Upper McFarland Cemetery with a lunch and fellowship to follow at the church. Visitation will be held at the church from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.

Muggs donated over 7-1/2 gallons of blood through the American Red Cross. To honor her memory, please consider giving the gift of life by donating.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. John Schilling and staff, her caregivers at Agrace HospiceCare, Skaalen Home, and Denise Ferguson and staff from Meriter Wellness Center.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive

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